Reno 4, Tacoma (AAA) 3
RENO, Nev. –The Reno Aces (46-27) took advantage of a fielding error in the bottom of the ninth inning to collect a walk-off victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (37-34) on Thursday night at Greater Nevada Field.
Center fielder Leonys Martin opened the scoring with a line drive solo home run over the wall in right field in the top of the third inning –it was Martin’s sixth home run of the season with Tacoma.
Left fielder Boog Powell snagged the lead right back for Tacoma in the top of the fourth inning, swatting a solo home run to right field, just his second dinger of the year, to put the Rainiers back out in front, 2-1.
The Rainiers rallied for a run in the top of the ninth to take a 3-2 lead, capped by an RBI single from second baseman Gordon Beckham. However, a string of base hits and a fielding error by Tacoma ultimately led to a pair of runs and a walk-off victory for Reno in the bottom of the final frame.
Powell (3 for 4, 2 R, HR, RBI), Martin (2 for 4, R, HR, RBI) and right fielder Andrew Aplin (2 for 4, RBI) both finished the night with multiple hits for the Rainiers. Starting pitcher Tyler Cloyd provided 4.0 innings of one-run ball while allowing just three hits.
Springfield 4, Arkansas (AA) 2
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Bruce Caldwell hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, and Dakota Hudson allowed just two runs over eight innings as the Springfield Cardinals (36-37) topped the Arkansas Travelers (33-40) 4-2 on Thursday.
Landon Beck got Chuck Taylor to ground out with a runner on first to end the game for his first save of the season.
The home run by Caldwell scored Oscar Mercado and was the game’s last scoring play.
The Cardinals tied the game 2-2 when Jesse Jenner hit a solo home run in the fifth.
Hudson (6-3) allowed eight hits while striking out five and walking one to get the win.
Justin DeFratus (2-3) went six innings, allowing four runs and seven hits in the Texas League game. He also struck out four and walked one.
Stockton 11, Modesto (High-A) 1
Stockton, Calif. – An error opened the door in the sixth for the Stockton Ports (37-34) who pounded the Modesto Nuts (39-32) 11-1 in the second-half opener on Thursday night at Banner Island Ballpark.
Gianfranco Wawoe misplayed a groundball to start the six-run, sixth inning. Pablo Lopez, (L, 3-7) allowed a single but was able to get two outs before being removed with two runners on. Lukas Shiraldi walked the first man he faced to load the bases before giving up a two-out, two-run single to Sandber Pimentel. After another walk, Brett Siddall drove in two with a single. Siddall finished 4-for-4 with five RBI and two homers. Branden Cogswell added a RBI single and Josh Vidales finished off the rally with a RBI single in his second at-bat of the inning.
Lopez worked 5 2/3 innings in his start for the Nuts (39-32; 0-1) allowing back-to-back homers in the fifth. The righty surrendered three earned runs and five total on six hits and four strikeouts with no walks.
Angel Duno (W, 6-3) was very strong in his fourth start for the Ports (37-34; 1-0) against the Nuts. Duno went six innings and allowed just one run when Eric Filia delivered a RBI single in the sixth. Duno gave up just five hits with no walks and four strikeouts.
Clinton (Low-A) 6, Beloit 2
CLINTON, Iowa – Nick Zammarelli hit a two-run double in the fourth inning, leading the Clinton LumberKings (32-36) to a 6-2 win over the Beloit Snappers (32-38) on Thursday.
The double by Zammarelli capped a four-run inning and gave the LumberKings a 4-2 lead after Luis Rengifo hit a solo home run earlier in the inning.
The LumberKings later tacked on two runs in the seventh when Bryson Brigman hit an RBI single and Dimas Ojeda scored on a wild pitch to secure the victory.
Clinton southpaw Nick Wells (3-6) picked up the win after allowing two runs on six hits over five innings. Opposing starter Kyle Twomey (0-1) took the loss in the Midwest League game after a rough outing in which he allowed four runs and four hits over 3 2/3 innings.
For the Snappers, Eric Marinez doubled and singled twice.
Everett (Short-A) 5, Vancouver 1
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Brayan Hernandez homered and had two hits, driving in two as the Everett AquaSox defeated the Vancouver Canadians 5-1 on Thursday.
Everett got on the board first in the third inning when Joseph Rosa hit a three-run double.
The AquaSox later tacked on a run in both the fifth and seventh innings. In the fifth, Hernandez hit a solo home run before he singled to score Austin Grebeck in the seventh.
Cody Mobley (1-1) got the win with 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief while Vancouver starter Dalton Rodriguez (1-1) took the loss in the Northwest League game.
Subscribe to the sports newsletter
Get the day’s top sports headlines and breaking news delivered to your inbox by subscribing here.